I’m always worried to some extent about what products we’re using as a family. When I look at the back of packaging, there are always just so many ingredients and chemicals that I don’t recognise. I also worry more and more about the environmental effects of products that we’re using. We’ve recently been trying out some products from The Natural Family Co, including some from their Jack N’ Jill kid’s range.
This time last year, I was facing the toughest experience of my life. Sometimes it still amazes me that I got through it, but I did. I feel like I’m a completely different person to the one I was before Autumn fell ill and had her operation with Dr. Zahid Mukhtar. I feel different and I look at life somewhat differently. Hopefully one day I might be a stronger person for it all.
I’m certainly stronger than I was this time last year, but I don’t feel completely healed yet.
The last three months of maternity leave have been difficult, as I’ve had no income. As such, I’ve had to start really watching what I spend in the supermarket and think of ways to feed our family more cost-effectively, often making meals in bulk! As I’m not sure about feeding Autumn Quorn, or at least not too often, I’ve found myself eating meat more often. We mainly eat chicken, but we do eat beef too sometimes.
Red meat has quite a bad reputation, but it is actually a source of lots of healthy things that our bodies need too. It contains lots of heme iron, which is easy for the body to absorb. It is also a great source of protein, zinc and vitamin B12, as well as selenium and potassium. These are essential to muscles and brain development amongst other things and are all important for both parents and children. With our childrens’ bodies growing all the time and being so active, it’s essential that they get enough of the right vitamins and that they DO eat red meat! I’ve taken part in the BritMums #HealthyRedMeatChallenge to share these benefits with you, as well as to give myself an excuse to get a bit creative in the kitchen.
Depression. It’s a horrible word that sounds almost as sinister as the actual thing. Unfortunately, I’ve experienced depression in the past and I know many people who are afflicted by it. As we get towards the winter months, the days are shorter and vitamin D levels reduced which often results in depression. So, what should you do if someone you care about is depressed?
A few weeks ago, one of my best friends went to Bluewater and saw the following advert for black pantyliners in a changing room:
She took a photo of it and sent it to our Facebook messenger group. A whole conversation ensued. Why were Bodyform making black liners? It almost seemed like it was something that could be an April fool. However, it is actually a real product!